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1:55 PM ET, May 2, 2018


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Zuckerberg says Facebook is already ranking news organizations based on trust, will invest billions to fight fake news, remains committed to WhatsApp encryption  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that the company has already begun to implement a system that ranks news organizations based …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Zuckerberg says Facebook won't pay annual fees to publishers, an idea floated by Murdoch, and emphasizes interest in helping news outlets sell subscriptions  —  Sorry, Rupert Murdoch: Facebook isn't a pay TV company.  —  Quick memo to Rupert Murdoch, Jonah Peretti and other media executives …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook, which relies on Republicans to advocate for minimal regulation, is bringing in advisers to investigate claims it's biased against conservative voices  —  To address allegations of bias, Facebook is bringing in two outside advisors — one to conduct a legal audit of its impact …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook announces Clear History feature, letting users stop Facebook-collected browsing history from being associated with their account
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Sources: Wendell Jamieson, the NYT editor who resigned after an internal investigation, was accused of inappropriate behavior by at least three female employees  —  Wendell Jamieson, the metro editor whose resignation was announced by The New York Times on Monday after an internal investigation …
Guy Rosen / Facebook:
Facebook says it can currently use its advances in artificial intelligence to flag content and remove it before it's even been reported  —  There are two ways to get bad content, like terrorist videos, hate speech, porn or violence off Facebook: take it down when someone flags it, or proactively find it using technology.
Manish Singh / The Outline:
Facebook has quietly ended its Free Basics program in more than six nations and territories in recent months including Myanmar and Latin American markets  —  Facebook enabled ethnic-cleansing-related hate speech in Myanmar; many died and thousands fled.  Rather than take responsibility, it's turning away.
Sources: NBC News told reporters to mention letter of support for Tom Brokaw in their reporting, raising concerns among some staffers who had issues with letter
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
At NewFronts on Tuesday, Verizon's Oath announced a slate of 10 new original video series, documentaries, and live shows, plus a partnership with Samsung  —  Becomes content partner for Samsung devices  —  Oath announced a slate of 10 new original video series, documentaries and live show …
Discussion: Ad Age, Tubefilter, Adweek and VideoInk
Alison Weissbrot / AdExchanger:
BBC to test audio ads for the first time, will partner with Swedish podcast platform Acast to sell ads for podcasts outside of the UK  —  The BBC is testing audio ads for the first time in its 96-year history.  —  The British broadcasting giant is partnering with podcast platform Acast …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Adweek and Mumbrella
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
A look at the 2018 Pulitzer-winning Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which local investors bought from Halifax Media nearly six years ago  —  As the announcement of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes continued on a muted TV in the background, the staff of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat prepared for a toast.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK-based The New Statesman to launch a website covering North America, edited by Nicky Woolf, as part of a “major online expansion”  —  The New Statesman is launching a website dedicated to covering North America as its first step towards a “major online expansion”.
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Washington Post:
Oath's Senior Director of Product Jeffrey Turner has been named Head of Ad Product at The Washington Post
Craig Shirley / LifeZette:
Reagan scholar and biographer Craig Shirley pens op-ed opposing Sinclair's merger with Tribune, on site co-founded by conservative personality Laura Ingraham
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
A look at year-old Tennessee Star, a conservative site that covers local and state politics, reposts content from LifeZette and Daily Caller, and hopes to grow
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
Filing: Sony Music has sold about half of its shares of Spotify and pledges to share proceeds with artists and distribution labels
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